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Cannes death Briton was ex-marine

A British man who died after claiming he was "ripped off" by the cost of drinks at a lap-dancing club on the French Riviera once served with the Royal Marines.

Lee Elton Fisher, 37, is understood to have become enraged by the prices at the night-spot before he stormed out to confront a man handing out promotional fliers.

A row broke out and married Mr Fisher, said to have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was later punched in the face. He collapsed on the road in the exclusive resort of Cannes in the early hours of Monday morning. He had been due to return home later that day.

Three French men aged 25 to 30 are being questioned by police on suspicion of a crime akin to manslaughter. A post-mortem examination is to be carried out on Thursday.

Mr Fisher, thought to have been from Surrey, was on a night out with colleagues before he died.

The former serviceman and three friends had gone out for a few drinks after leaving the Tax Free World Association exhibition, where he had been setting up trade stands for London-based firm Lea International.

The Ministry of Defence said Mr Fisher served with the Royal Marines between 1990 and 1992.

At the time of his death, he was a private with the Territorial Army's 3rd Battalion the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.

He had not, however, attended training sessions in the past three months and had recently been sent a letter asking whether he intended to continue serving with the Territorial Army, defence sources said.

Ian Lea, managing director of Lea International, offered his "deepest sympathy" to Mr Fisher's friends and relatives on behalf of the company. He said: "Lee was a very pleasant and hard-working man. His death is a tragedy. We ask everybody to respect the privacy of his family at this time."

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